Casual Industry Veteran Buzz Homsy Retires
Thursday, August 23, 2018
Industry veteran Buzz Homsy, founder and managing director of Casual Classics Group, as well as founder and co-owner of five-store retail operation California Backyard, will retire in September.
Homsy’s position at Casual Classics Group will be filled by Kevin Ventrice, vice president of At Home Recreation. Additionally, industry veteran Jim Tillona will return to the group as a senior advisor. Currently based in Sacramento, Casual Classics will move to New Jersey when Homsy retires.
“Buzz is a great guy, and he’s done an amazing job growing Casual Classics and California Backyard into what they are today,” Ventrice says. “His legacy will live on, and we will continue to make the group stronger than ever.”
In the industry for over 50 years, Homsy’s career started at Pool, Patio ’n Things, a chain of eight stores plus several franchises throughout Northern California, Oregon, and Colorado.
In the early 1980s, Homsy was among the founding members of the Casual Furniture Retailers Association, an association that merged with the Summer and Casual Furniture Manufacturers Association (SCFMA) as part of the transition to the International Casual Furnishings Association (ICFA).
In 1989, he co-founded California Backyard, which began with a single store in Roseville, California, and now consists of four stores in Northern California and one in Nevada. Then, in 2002, Homsy created the Casual Classics Group, a retail buying-group that now has about 65 members representing over 300 retail locations throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Homsy’s passion for collaboration and sharing ideas to better serve consumers continues today through initiatives such as the ICFA’s retail roundtables. He also received the Lifetime Achievement Award during the ICFA Awards Gala in 2015.
Kevin Ventrice Jr
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